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When I restart my Mac it quits and saves the buffers for each tab properly, since it's there again when the computer starts back up. But the command history is not buffered properly per window/tab. They're all the same buffer.

I'm assuming it's because bash uses the same ~/.bash_history for all terminals but is there a way to avoid improve this? To make bash, or maybe Terminal, store them separately?

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Please see this post @ Server Fault, it explains how to do this. –  Mutant Feb 21 '12 at 16:30

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You could do something like this in your .bashrc:

HISTFILE=$HOME/.bash_history_`basename $MYTTY`

This will create separate history files in your home directory such as .bash_history_ttys002. When you create a new terminal window, it will use the history file corresponding to the tty name, which will usually be determined simply by the order in which you create the terminal windows.

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Great, thanks! Marking this as solved. Even though it kind of depends on how OSX loads the terminals I have a feeling this is the closest we can get. –  Robert Sköld Feb 27 '12 at 13:23
Is this also possible per-tab?? –  Joshua Muheim Mar 5 '14 at 7:58
Each tab is a separate tty login, so it should work. –  Seth Noble Mar 5 '14 at 19:20

You can set a custom $HISTFILE for each of you Terminal instances.

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Is there a way to do this automatically for each Terminal tab/window? And make sure it's using the same $HISTFILE when the computer starts back up? –  Robert Sköld Feb 20 '12 at 13:47
Yes, it's possible to do this, but then how would you access again? You'd manually have to juggle files to get to the previous history files. –  EmmEff Feb 20 '12 at 14:08

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